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Mojave Desert parents resubmit school reform bid

Mojave Desert parents hoping to reform a low performing elementary school have resubmitted a revamped petition with what they say are more than enough signatures to force the district to accept their demands.

Adelanto Elementary School District assistant superintendent Ross Swearingen says the Desert Trails Parent Union resubmitted the petition late Tuesday.

Under the state parent empowerment law, the district has 25 days to verify that the petition has the valid signatures of at least half of the school's parents.

The district rejected the first petition after finding a number of discrepancies in signatures.

Parent organizers at Desert Trails Elementary say they found four instances of fraud in signature rescission forms that could have tainted the first petition. They have requested a criminal investigation.